Celtics Made Offer for Kawhi Leonard Before Trade Deadline

Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard Expects to Sign Contract Extension

Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard Expects to Sign Contract Extension

The Boston Celtics made a trade offer to San Antonio before the February deadline, but the Spurs turned it down - and never made a counterproposal, league sources said.

Wojnarowski noted that the Spurs "remain resistant to trades" when it comes to Leonard, but he added that the Lakers and 76ers have become interested as well.

The report is the most concrete evidence of the Celtics' interest in the soon-to-be 27 year old superstar.

Felger & Mazz producer James Stewart tweeted back in May that the Spurs offered Leonard themselves to an Eastern Conference team that wasn't the Celtics, and said team laughed at them. His relationship with the Spurs this season had its ups and downs, stemming from a quad injury that kept him out all but nine games last season. The Spurs have the option of offering the face of their franchise a supermax contract, but reportedly will only do so after meeting with Leonard to fix their relationship.

Since that time, young players like Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum have become more proven National Basketball Association players while still on rookie contracts.

"Woj" also says that trading for Leonard now at a discount, which is likely what Ainge tried to do at the deadline, is a "far less likely scenario" at this point than building around the young players they already have.

The Celtics may not be willing to break up their current roster quite so easily in the wake of their success in the Playoffs. When he's healthy he's one of the 3-5 best players in the world, a ruthlessly efficient scorer and the best perimeter defender the National Basketball Association has seen in years. But if something goes awry, it wouldn't be surprising to see Boston re-ignite trade talks.